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Cornell University’s Jewish center became the target of online threats on Sunday, prompting an immediate response from campus police and officials.

Images of threats made by an unknown individual at Cornell University. 

Images of threats made by an unknown individual at Cornell University. 

Antisemitic messages, including the center’s address, emerged on a discussion board, prompting President Martha Pollack to publicly condemn the “horrendous, antisemitic messages.” Pollack highlighted the ongoing investigation by the university police and revealed that the FBI had been notified of the potential hate crime.

Graffiti found on a walkway at Cornell University. 

Emphasizing the severity of the threats, she declared, “Threats of violence are absolutely intolerable, and we will work to ensure that the person or people who posted them are punished to the full extent of the law.” She added that the “virulence and destructiveness of antisemitism” had profound effects on the university community, noting that such behavior will not be tolerated at Cornell.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) quickly chimed in, denouncing the “disgusting & hateful posts.” She assured the public that the state government was fully prepared to assist in addressing the surge in antisemitic incidents on campuses. The Governor added, “I also reiterated our strong belief in free speech and the right to peaceful assembly, but made clear that we will have zero tolerance for acts of violence or those who intimidate and harass others through words or actions.”

The escalating incidents arrive on the backdrop of the Anti-Defamation League’s report, which highlighted a significant 388% surge in antisemitic episodes since the onset of the conflict between Hamas and Israel on October 7. The war has had devastating consequences, with significant casualties on both sides.


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